Marie-Christine Nizzi

|Research Associate-Lecturer
Academic Appointments

Research Associate in Cognitive Science

Marie-Christine Nizzi is a Research Associate in the Cognitive Science Program at Dartmouth College. She received a Ph.D from Harvard University in Clinical Psychology in 2020, and a Ph.D. from Universite Paris Sorbonne in Philosophy in 2011. Prior to her work in Clinical Psychology, she held a postdoctoral fellowship in Philosophy at Harvard University with Alison Simmons, and was a resident in Neuropsychology at Hospital of Paris (APHP). Dr. Nizzi’s philosophical research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy and cognitive psychology, and include philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and phenomenology. Her research in clinical psychology centers on the Self and how the subjective experience of a sense of self can be challenged in illness. Her previous work has explored the self and resilience in clinical populations suffering from cognitive impairment (neuro-degenerative diseases, TBI), motor disabilities (locked-in syndrome), and trauma survivors (face transplant, sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, Veterans with combat exposure). At Dartmouth, she is leading a research project assessing free will outside of voluntary movement in patients suffering from full-body paralysis (Locked-in syndrome), in collaboration with Adina Roskies in the Cognitive Science Program, as well as Uri Maoz and Aaron Schurger at the Brain Institute, Chapman University. Awards include the French Agregation (tenured position granted by the Education Ministry), lifetime nomination at the Ecole Normale Superieure, and the Harvard Horizon Award. 


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  • Ph. D. Harvard University, 2020
  • Ph. D. Universite Paris Sorbonne, 2011
  • M.S. Harvard University, 2016
  • M.S. Universite Paris 8, France, 2011
  • M.S. Universite Paris 8, France, 2008
  • M.A. Ecole Normale Superieure, 2006
  • B.A. Universite Paris 10, 2004

Selected Publications

  • Peer Reviewed

    Oser, M., Nizzi, M-C., Zinser, J., Turk, M., Epstein, R., Bueno, E., Gitlin, D., Pomahac, B. (2018) Quality of Life and Psychosocial Functioning Two Years Following Facial Transplantation. Psychosomatics, 59(6):591-600. (PDF Version)

    Nizzi, M-C., Blandin, V., Demertzi, A. (2018) Attitudes towards personhood in the locked-in syndrome: from third- to first-person perspective and to inter-personal significance. Neuroethics, 1-9. (Full Text)

    Nizzi, M-C., Tasigiorgos, S., Turk, M., Moroni, C., Bueno, E., Pomahac, B. (2017) Psychological Outcomes in Face Transplant Recipients: A Literature Review. Current Surgery Reports, 5:26. (Full Text)

    Nizzi, M-C., Belin, C., Maillet, D., Moroni, C. (2016) The sense of self is supported by several independent cognitive processes in Alzheimer's disease, and self-reported age tracks cognitive impairment. Geriatr Psychol Neuropsychiatr Vieil, 14(3): 341-350. (PDF Version)

    Nizzi, M-C. (2014) Technologie et futur du corps humain d’après sept œuvres de science-fiction. Implications Philosophiques, special issue “Philosophy and cinema”. (Part 1 ; Part 2)

    Nizzi, M-C. (2013) La notion de perte d’identité dans la représentation sociale de la maladie d’Alzheimer. Klesis, 27, 263-287. (PDF Version)

    Nizzi, M-C., Demertzi, A., Gosseries, O., Bruno, M-A., Jouen, F., Laureys, S. (2012), From armchair to wheelchair: how patients with a locked-in syndrome integrate bodily changes in experienced identity. Consciousness and Cognition, 21(1): 431-437. (PDF Version)

    Belin, C. Maillet, D., Nizzi, M-C., Sacko, A., Carpentier, A. (2012). Contribution of Alzheimer's biomarkers in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease in nonamnesic presentations. Alzheimer's and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, 8(4), 121.


    Book Chapters

    Nizzi, M-C. (2015) “Representation of Alzheimer’s disease among non-specialists: a cross-cultural study between Paris and Boston”, in Swinnen, A. & Schweda, M. (eds), Popularizing Dementia: Public Expressions and Representations of Forgetfulness, Aging Studies, vol. VI, Bielefeld: transcript 2015, pp. 333-358. (Book)

    Bruno, M-A.; Nizzi, M-C.; Laureys, S.; Gosseries, O. (2015) “Consciousness in the locked-in syndrome”, in Laureys, S.; Gosseries, O. and Tononi G. (eds), The Neurology of Consciousness: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropathology. Edition No 2. Elsevier Academic Press, Oxford, pp. 181-98. (Book)

    Nizzi, M-C. (2015) “Movies and Bodies: variations of the embodied self in science fiction techno-fantasies”, in Rosenburger, R. & Verbeek, P.P. (eds), Postphenomenological Investigations: Essays on Human-Technology Relations, Lexington Books/Rowman Littlefield Press. (Book)

    Nizzi, M-C. (2012). « La maladie d’Alzheimer et son impact sur l’identité de la personne », in Hirsch, E., Gzil, F. (eds), Alzheimer, éthique et société, Paris, Erès. (PDF Version)



    Sytsma, J.M., Machery, E. (2011), « Comment étudier les intuitions du sens commun à propos de la conscience phénoménale », trad. M-C. Nizzi, in Cova, F., Dutant, J., Machery, E., Nahmias, E., Nichols, S. (eds), Philosophie Expérimentale, Paris, Vuibert. (PDF Version)